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| Shane is an English Teacher at the High School level where he teaches English 9 Honors, English 11, Yearbook/Journalism, and AP Seminar.

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What does project-based learning look like in your classroom?

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  1. 1.

    What does project-based learning look like in your classroom?

      Projects are a necessary part of any classroom curriculum. An interviewer looks forward to hearing how a student teacher will make this work in the classroom. Give examples of the whole process to give a clear perspective.

      Shane's Answer

      "For project-based learning, I have students work in groups because team collaboration is a valuable life skill. Each student in the group has a specific piece of the puzzle to research. This way, they can bring all the information together."

      Anonymous Answer

      "Project-based learning involves work for an individual or groups. There should be a rubric attached to make sure that students can be proficient in what is asked of them."

      Shane's Answer

      One of the best ways to get students interested in the information is giving them a variety of options to choose from. Then, a student can still be proficient in what you ask, but they will have the opportunity to be creative.

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  2. 2.

    How are you a team player?

      When being considered for any job, interviewers want to know how you will be a team player. Every person is unique and special, but fitting all the pieces together can be a challenge. Speak to how you add and enhance a group, even when it is hard.

      Shane's Answer

      "While in college, I had to be a team player. When working with my cohort or lesson planning with fellow teachers, it was important for me to be flexible and reliable. I believe I can bring those same characteristics to this school, too."

      Anonymous Answer

      "In college, I worked with a cohort. We were inseparable preparing for lessons, writing out assessments, and much more."

      Shane's Answer

      A team player shows that you can work well in community. School is all about being in a community. Also, speak to the joy of being a team player, which enriches your life and the lives around you.

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  3. 3.

    What questions can we answer for you?

      An interviewer wants to see how much research you have done on the school. Come up with some questions beforehand about what you want to know about the school. You can impress an interviewer with the right kind of interest.

      Shane's Answer

      "I went on your website last week and saw that the school does not have a girls soccer team. Would the school be interested in making a club or team in the future?"

      Anonymous Answer

      "I saw on the website that you are a top-100 rated private school, based on a Washington Post article. Can you share more about why this school fits that standard?"

      Shane's Answer

      Anything you can do to get a fuller perspective of the school, the better. The interviewee will love you caring about a school they already care about. This could give your immediate buy-in.

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  4. 4.

    Let's say you are taking care of a student who is struggling. How do you enjoy the process with them?

      A scenario question puts you in the shoes of a student-teacher. The interviewer wants to see how you will react. In any student teaching position, the interviewer wants to observe how you think on your feet.

      Shane's Answer

      "A struggling student can be a frustrating event in time. But, with the right mindset, the student and teacher can still have fun. When I am working with a student that is not grasping the material, I try to ask them questions about their experience to come to a positive conclusion on the topic. This example is one that allows the students to feel confident when learning, instead of being stressed."

      Anonymous Answer

      "I need to reflect on where we started together and where we are now. Even the smaller improvements are big in the giant scheme of things."

      Shane's Answer

      Yes, write down and/or record this information. Make it a visual for the student and yourself to encourage on the tough days.

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  5. 5.

    A student is not learning through textbooks and worksheets. How will you use 21-Century learning through the help of technology?

      Technology is the life we are living in this day and age. Students need the perfect amount of technology to enhance but not take over learning. Interviewers want to see your savvy and your creativity in the process.

      Shane's Answer

      "There are so many pieces of technology out there to enhance the learning of students. I like Prezi as one of the best ways to present. It is better than PowerPoint because it creates a new sense of visual learning that few platforms can achieve."

      Anonymous Answer

      "I am a big fan of the game Kahoot! I get to create a fun game-show type quiz where students can use their electronic devices to communicate with the game and earn points. Talk about fun!"

      Shane's Answer

      Varying the games will help your students get the most out of academic learning. Search for more and more options to make sure you a well-seasoned student teacher in no time.

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  6. 6.

    Describe the worst problem you had to endure in your life and how you overcame it.

      By sharing a problem in your life, the interviewer can see how you have pushed forward. Everyone has adversity in their lives. But, how you have overcome the situation shows your true colors.

      Shane's Answer

      "The worst problem in my life was having my parents get a divorce. At first, I did not know how to react. It was shocking and overwhelming. But, over time, I started to spend time with both my parents separately, so I could still have a relationship with them. When I started to do that, my life felt completer than it had been in years."

      Anonymous Answer

      "The problem I had to deal with was getting out of a toxic relationship. I really cared for this person, but I had to put myself first instead of worrying about their problems. This was a great decision for me because I got to achieve things I needed to put first and I focused on healthy relationships around me."

      Shane's Answer

      Even the hardest experiences in life can draw us to the well of life. Never be afraid to share your story with the world. There may be a balance of work and personal life, but students can even be recipients of stories to help them on the right path.

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  7. 7.

    In what ways do you use data to help differentiate your instruction?

      Instruction can not stay stagnant, or things get boring in a classroom. Students also struggle to learn. An interviewer wants to take in all the methods that you have in the tool bag. Give specifics to help lead your students in the right direction.

      Shane's Answer

      "Not all students learn the same way, so I mix a lot of things into one class to give variance. I have students read and write each day in different ways. For example, reading for Monday involves silent reading, Tuesday is group reading, and so on."

      Anonymous Answer

      "Data is a great way to show what my students know and what they do not know. With this in mind, I find groupings of people that can be matched together to work toward completition or push ahead if they have achieved proficiency."

      Shane's Answer

      Having smaller groups is a better way to achieve proficiently and effectiveness. Continue to keep an eye on the groups and everything should fall into place to benefit your students.

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  8. 8.

    How would you react if a student said you were the worst teacher on planet Earth?

      There may come a time when a student says something awful towards you to hurt you. How you react will make all the difference. An interviewer wants to see your plan of attack and how things will look with the student in the future.

      Shane's Answer

      "No teacher wants to hear those words coming out of the mouth of a student. But, if it happens, I need to keep my cool. I would speak to the student individually. If the problem continued to persist, I would bring another teacher into the fold. The administration will be communicated to in the situation either way."

      Anonymous Answer

      "This is so hard for me as a first time teacher. However, I need to be positive and know my worth. No student can bring me too up and no student can bring me too down."

      Shane's Answer

      Also, know that a student should never say this to you. If this happens, you can surely bring in another teacher into the fold and some kind of reprimand is in order.

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  9. 9.

    What do you look forward to when it pertains to teaching?

      The interviewer wants to see your vision and dreams for the future. Think about experiences you are hoping for in the classroom to give clarity to the situation. This way, you will give purpose to what you are looking to accomplish as a teacher at this specific school.

      Shane's Answer

      "As a teacher, I look forward to working with students and seeing the lightbulb come on. I want to be a part of situations where I can learn and grow, along with my students. These examples, to me, matter in progressing as a teacher. I am also excited to be with a community that truly cares about its students."

      Anonymous Answer

      "I look forward to the start of a week. When school starts up again after a weekend, there are fresh opportunities for me and my classes."

      Shane's Answer

      Starting the week off is not always the most joyful experience. But, if you can come into with this mindset, your students will, too! Try to begin the week with something that your students will not soon forget.

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  10. 10.

    How has college prepped you for teaching?

      When involved in an interview, the interviewer wants to get to know your past. By talking about your college experience, you can give detailed information on your life that has prepared you for a moment such as this. The more examples, the better her that connect with teaching.

      Shane's Answer

      "College has prepared me in many ways to become a teacher. First, while in college, I was able to work with students near the university for afterschool tutoring. Furthermore, I got into some classrooms to observe over the last few semesters. This experience has opened my eyes to the possibilities of being a teacher."

      Anonymous Answer

      "College has not just prepared me with materials and resources. But, it has given me worthwhile experiences in the field of teaching. By going into schools or teaching my own classmates, I have practiced and prepared to be ready for this new adventure."

      Shane's Answer

      Try to give even more specific examples. What were the experiences like teaching your own classmates or going into schools working with children?

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  11. 11.

    How would you feel if a student failed?

      The interviewer wants to see your empathy in this specific situation. At one time or another, a student will fail. Speaking to how you might react will help the interviewer see your compassion in the most challenging of instances.

      Shane's Answer

      "Of course, I would never like a student to fail. But, if a student does fail in my class, I will work diligently to make sure they do not compound the issue the next quarter. In turn, I would work with the student moving forward to make sure assignments, projects, and quizzes are completed efficiently, in whatever way possible. Before school, after school, and lunch is when I could make things work."

      Anonymous Answer

      "I have to come into student teaching knowing that some students are not going to enjoy my class. I will do everything in my power to give them a chance to pass. But, I cannot let it bother me if things do not work out the way I want them to."

      Shane's Answer

      This is understandable. You can give them opportunities before or after school. Even at lunch time will do. But, if they do not live up to expecations, you have done your part and you can help them again next quarter.

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  12. 12.

    In what ways do you teach students who have varying abilities?

      In the 21st Century, every student learns differently, whether or not they are on the spectrum. You must show how you multitask in the classroom to help students in the right direction. Share your success stories here.

      Shane's Answer

      "When I started some classroom collaboration last semester, the teacher wanted me to work with a young man with A.D.D. Though his attention span was short, I had to try to keep him on track and vary the lessons taught to help him personally. One way the young man had success was through repetition, so we continued to press ahead in that manner."

      Anonymous Answer

      "Technically, all students have varying abilities in the classroom. So, I do not treat some students better than others. They all have skills and abilities I have to tap into to grow them towards their potential."

      Shane's Answer

      Find the specific ways that this could happen. Make up a hypothetical about two different students if you need to show how you will cater to their needs and enhance the abilities they already have.

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  13. 13.

    Explain your work philosophy.

      Everyone has a different way that they work. Having a work philosophy can help an interviewer see your value. Share how your typical day would look and what things are most imperative.

      Shane's Answer

      "My work philosophy is a day-to-day process. Of course, when a student needs anything, I will drop anything to make things work. But, typically, I spend my mornings prepping for the day, teaching, and grading. When I start to get worn, I take a quick walk or turn on some tunes to remotivate myself."

      Anonymous Answer

      "When I work, I want my philosophy to scream support and productivity. First, I support the students by giving them large group, small group, and individualistic focuses. Next, I will assess the students and their productivity weekly to see how thye are imporving."

      Shane's Answer

      An assessment can look a lot of different ways. But, make sure to have a pre and post assessment. This will really help you gather how your students are progressing towards success.

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  14. 14.

    What made you become an educator?

      This example is another background question to help the interviewer understand who you are as an individual. Speak to things in your life that drew you to the profession. An example could include your own educational experiences.

      Shane's Answer

      "When I was in 6th grade, I had a phenomenal teacher. Mrs. Jackson was patient with me, even when I did not get the material. She would encourage me and speak truthfully to me when other adults like her would not. I want to bring a part of Mrs. Jackson into my teaching."

      Anonymous Answer

      "My mother is a teacher. I loved watching her growing up. She was a great teacher in my eyes and that was really inspirational."

      Shane's Answer

      Continue to use your mother as inspiration. There will be days when things do not go as smoothly as when you saw your mother rock it. That is alright. We all have those days. It is important to push through in a positive matter.

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    Share your career goals.

      Some more background about yourself to the interviewer never hurts. Give a few goals that you want to accomplish as a teacher. Examples of this include education, certification, conferences, etc.

      Shane's Answer

      "A few career goals in my life include getting my master's degree in curriculum development. I love the planning process, and I believe I can improve, as well as work with fellow teachers around me to succeed. Another goal is to get some training every year to broaden my horizons. Training can include classroom management, activities, and learning styles that interest me."

      Anonymous Answer

      "I want to work my way up to administration status. That means I will have to get my Master's Degree in Leadership. This is a goal I want to accomplish in the next 5-10 years."

      Shane's Answer

      There are plenty of colleges and universities for you to choose from. Depending on your lifestyle, you may want an all-online class where you get to work at your own pace. Or maybe you want to be in a physical classroom on weekday evenings. Pick what is best for you.

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  16. 16.

    Describe how you work through stressful experiences.

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  17. 17.

    What makes you the best option for the student teaching vacancy?

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  18. 18.

    Share a time you were a risk-taker.

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  19. 19.

    What positive reinforcement will you use to navigate troublesome students back onto the path of educational success?

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  20. 20.

    How do you bring in the parents when a behavioral problem is taking place with their student?

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  21. 21.

    What is the best way to keep students inspired, so they do not become a distraction but instead self-directed individuals?

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  22. 22.

    One of your classes has many English language learners in it. How will you help support literacy for them?

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  23. 23.

    How are positive relationships built in your classroom?

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  24. 24.

    How would you work with a student who is often defiant?

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  25. 25.

    Share how you are an energetic and positive individual.

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  26. 26.

    What are your qualifications for this position?

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  27. 27.

    Describe your best strength.

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    Explain your greatest weakness and how you work to improve it.

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  29. 29.

    What challenges do you expect as a student-teacher?

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  30. 30.

    How would you go about helping a student that is struggling to learn a new concept?

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